A Look at Martial Art of Muay Thai
Muay Thai is a kind of hard martial art derived from the muay martial techniques of Thailand. It is termed the “the art of the eight limbs” as knees, hands, shins and elbows are utilized etensively in this method. ! Muay Thai "ractitioner therefore has the "ower to strike utilizing eight contact "oints# in contrast to four "oints #feet and fists used in other martial arts, and two "oints#fists in boing.
Body as a weapon
Muay Thai in its original avatar had nine wea"ons at its dis"osal$ the fists, the head, the feet, the knees and the elbows. These are together known as “na#wa#arwud”. %ut modern Muay Thai does not "ermit the headbutting of an o""onent.
Muay Thai fighting techniques
The clinch, a ty"e of gra""ling done standing u", is used to bind and strike the o""onent for both defensive and offensive intentions. &ormal methods of Muay Thai are divided into two "arts$ Mae Mai 'ma(or techniques) or *uk Mai 'minor techniques). The martial art is an art of attrition, in which o""onents "ull blows on each other. This is seen in traditional Muay Thai boers but are not found in the modern world fighting arena. The success of Muay Thai boing has made it a com"ulsory fighting skill to learn for all serious stand u" fighters. Modern Muay Thai has evolved and taken in hand striking methods normally used in western method of boing. The Thai method of echanging blows is not favored. It is to be noted that when Muay Thai "ractitioners fight against o""onents versed in other fighting styles, then they generally em"loy knee or kao and elbow or sok techniques in order to obtain a clear advantage in combat. ! ma(ority of Muay Thai techniques utilize full body movement, where the hi" is rotated with each "unch, block and kick. This hi" rotation sets Muay Thai a"art from other martial styles.
Pulling no punches
Muay "unch techniques were in its original form very sim"le where a long circular strike and crosses were done with a straight arm and the "alm heel used for landing. Miing of techniques with western style of boing means that the com"lete range of western "unches are now em"loyed by the Muay Thai "ractitioner#hook, shovel, straight cross or right, u""ercut, overhands and corkscrew "unches are common. %ack fists and hammer fists are also used.%ody "unching as a tactic is less seen in Muay Thai com"ared to other "eer martial arts. This is done to avoid e"osing the head of the attacker to counter strikes from elbows and knees. The Muay Thai "ractitioner use the com"lete targeting "oints range along the center line. This "ermits either short range or long range attacks to be em"loyed in an effective manner without com"romising on the guard.
Using the elbow
In Muay Thai, the elbow can be utilized in a variety of ways$ u""ercut, horizontal, downward, flying, backward s"inning and diagonal u"wards. It can be utilized either as a last